Take a look at the new Program & Policy Reports and Publications coming from PBHJP and others that are changing the world of children's mental health & juvenile justice.
Pullmann, Wiggins, Hensley, & Bruns (2012). Evaluation of the Seattle Public Schools Family Support Program. Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, University of Washington School of Medicine.
The Seattle Public Schools Family Support Program (FSP) is a school-based family support program financed by the City of Seattle’s Families & Education Levy that seeks to address barriers to learning, particularly for students who are struggling academically. The City of Seattle’s Office for Education (OFE) contracted with the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) at the University of Washington (UW) to conduct an evaluation of the outcomes experienced by the students and families who receive FSP services. Results indicated that the FSP provides a broad variety of services to families and students with high needs, principally by providing non-academic support such as basic needs assistance and connection to community resources. There was some indication that the FSP was positively related to reductions in mobility and increased availability of external resources and supportive programs available to students. However, our quantitative analyses, though limited by unavoidable weaknesses in design, did not find any strong relationships between the FSP and improvements in standardized test scores, attendance, or disciplinary actions. To access the report, follow this link.
Walker, S. C., & Muno, A. (2012). Washington State girls group evaluation. Seattle, WA: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, University of Washington School of Medicine.
This report examines the effectiveness of a psychoeducational and support group for girls on probation in Washington State. It was supported through the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and commissioned by the Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State. To access the report, follow this link.
Bruns, Pullmann, Wiggins, & Watterson (2011). Outcome Evaluation of the King County Family Treatment Court. Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, University of Washington School of Medicine.
The King County Family Treatment Court (KCFTC) is an effort to address the special needs of families involved in the legal system due to child abuse and neglect charges related to parental substance abuse. The current report presents findings from a quasi-experimental outcome study comparing 72 parents and 89 children enrolled in the King County Family Treatment Court (FTC) to a statistically matched comparison group of 182 parents and 235 children families eligible for FTC but served by the regular dependency court. Findings indicate that families in the FTC experienced significantly better substance use service outcomes and child welfare outcomes than similar parents served through the regular dependency court. Results thus far indicate that there may be significant cost savings generated by the KCFTC, though more research is needed. To access the report, follow this link.
Feldman, E., Trupin, E., Walker, S., & Hansen, J. (2010). Evidence-based practices with Latino youth: A literature review. Seattle, WA: Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, University of Washington School of Medicine.
This review outlines some of the most pressing mental health concerns for Latino immigrants and highlights what is currently known about how best to respond to these concerns. The review also includes a discussion about whether cultural modification or adaptation is recommended to be able to serve Latino youth with effective and culturally responsive services. To read the report, follow this link.
Sedlak, A.J., & McPherson, K.S. (2010).Youth's needs and services: Findings from the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Presents findings from the Survey on Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) on how facilities have addressed youth's needs, what services youth's receive, and where these services could be improved. SYRP is the first comprehensive national survey to gather information about youth in custody by surveying the detained offenders. Findings show that youth have substantive needs in the four areas examined - mental health, substance abuse, health care, and education. To read the report, follow this link.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report this month detailing child victimization rates across the nation. The report indicates that 2008 saw the lowest child victimization rate in five years. An estimated 772,000 children were victims of child abuse and neglect, a rate of 10.3 per 1,000 children with almost a third of the victims less than four years old. To read the report, follow this link
This report details the most effective programs for youth who are involved in criminal and/or violent behaviors. This report explains what it means for a program or strategy to be proven "effective" and presents an updated list of practices which have been deemed "proven", "promising", or "ineffective". Family Integrated Transitions (FITTM) is deemed a promising program which has been shown to reduce delinquency and recidivism by an average of 10.2 percent. To read the report, follow this link.
Cusworth-Walker, S., Trupin, E., & Brulotte, E. (2009). Models for Change: Benton and Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment Results. Seattle, WA: Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, University of Washington School of Medicine.
This report assesses community perceptions of the juvenile justice system and of the challenges uniquely faced by youth in the Tri-Cities. The report finds that the bigeest challenges facing youth in the Tri-Cities area were gangs, substance use, truancy, lack of activities, violence, and family problems. Many other findings are presented related to the community's need for services, mental health utilization, and input on Juvenile Justice reform. The report is available in Spanish (en Espanol) and English.
Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (2009). Evidence-based practices used by mental health providers in Washington State. Olympia, WA: The Washington State Mental Health Division (MHD).
This report provides data from a statewide survey of publicly funded mental health providers in Washington State. The survey was conducted by the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training to determine what mental health providers are utilizing Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs). The survey found that approximately two-thirds of mental health agencies are implementing at least one EBP. To see the full report and other findings, follow this link.
This report describes the creation of a safety training curriculum for mental health professionals in Washington. The training is nicknamed the "Marty Smith" training in honor of Marty Smith, a mental health professional in Kitsap County who was tragically murdered on the job in 2005. To read the full report, follow this link.
Focal Point is a bi-annual journal published by the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. One can download articles from over the last ten years by clicking here. Research staff at PBHJP have been frequent contributors to Focal Point.
Faculty Publications (2011-Present):
Bruns, E.J., Pullman, M.D., & Wiggins, E. (2012). Effects of a multidisciplinary family treatment drug court on child and family outcomes: Results of a quasi-experimental study. Child Maltreatment. DOI:10.1177/10775595512454216
Lyon, A.R., Stirman, S.W., Kerns, S.E.U., & Bruns, E.J. (2011). Developing the mental health workforce: Review and application of training strategies from multiple disciplines. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 238-253.
Bruns, E.J. & Walker, J.S. (2011). Research on the Wraparound Process: Intervention Components and Implementation Supports. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 6
Walker, J.W., Bruns, E.J., Conlan, L. & LaForce, C. (2011). The National Wraparound Initiative: A community-of-practice approach to building knowledge in the field of children’s mental health. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 7, 26-46.
Bertram, R.M., Suter, J.C., Bruns, E.J., & O’Rourke, K. (2011). Implementation research and the wraparound literature: Building a research agenda. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 6.
Yoe, J.T., Ryan, F.N., & Bruns, E.J. (2011). Mental Health Service Use and Expenditures Among Youth Before and After Enrollment Into Wraparound Maine: A Descriptive Study. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 11.
Faculty Publications (2009-2010):
Bruns, E.J., Walker, J.S., Zabel, M., Estep, K., Matarese, M., Harburger, D., Mosby, P., & Pires, S.A. (2010). The wraparound process as a model for intervening with youth with complex needs and their families. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 314-331.
Trupin, E.W., Kerns, S.E.U., Walker, S.C., DeRobertis, M.T., & Stewart, D. (in press). Family Integrated Transitions: A promising program for soon-to-be released incarcerated juvenile offenders. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse.
Pullmann, M.D., Heflinger, C.A., & Satterwhite, L.F. (in press). Patterns of Medicaid disenrollment for youth in public mental health services. Medical Care Research and Review.
Kerns, S.E.U., Dorsey, S., Trupin, E.W., & Berliner, L. (2010). Project Focus: Promoting emotional health and wellbeing for youth in foster care through connections to evidence-based practices. Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 10(2), 30-38.
Koroloff, N.M., Osher, T., Jivanjee, P., Pullmann, M.D., Sofich, K., Guthrie, L., Adams, J., & Murphy, S. (2010). Under new management: Research collaboration with family members and youth. In K. Hoagwood, P.S. Jensen, M. McKay, & S. Olin (Eds.), Children's Mental Health Research: The Power of Partnerships (pp. 40-67). New York: Oxford University Press.
Bruns, E.J. & Walker, J.S. (2010). Defining practice: Flexibility, legitimacy, and the nature of systems of care and wraparound. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(1), 45-48.
Walker, J.S., Koroloff, N.M., & Bruns, E.J. (2010). Defining "necessary" services and supports: Why systems of care must take direction from service-level processes. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(1), 49-52.
Smith, M.S., Buchwald, D.S., Bogart, A., Goldberg, J., Smith, W.R., & Afari, N. (2010). Adolescent offspring of mothers with chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(3), 284-291.
Thompson, J., Varley, C., McClellan, J., Hilt, R., Lee, T., Kwan, A., & Trupin, E. (2009). Second opinions improve ADHD prescribing in a Medicaid-insured community population. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(7), 740-748.
Bjorklund, R., Monroe-DeVita, M., Reed, D., Toulon, A., & Morse, G. (2009). Washington State's initiative to disseminate and implement high-fidelity ACT teams. Psychiatric Services, 60(1), 24-27.
Suter, J.C. & Bruns, E.J. (2009). Effectiveness of the wraparound process for children with emotional and behavioral disorders: A meta-analysis. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12(4), 336-351.
Brown, M.Z., Linehan, M.M., Comtois, K.A., Murray, A., & Chapman, A.L., (2009). Shame as a prospective predictor of self-inflicted injury in borderline personality disorder: A multi-modal analysis. Behavior Research & Therapy, 47(10), 815-822.
Berking, M., Neacsiu, A., Comtois, K.A., & Linehan, M.M. (2009). The impact of experimental avoidance on the reduction of depression in treatment for borderline personality disorder. Behavior Research & Therapy, 47(8), 663-670.
McDonell, M.G., Comtois, K.A., Voss, M.D., Morgan, A.H., & Ries, R.K. (2009). Global Appraisal of Individual Needs Short Screener (GSS): Psychometric properties and performance as a screening measure in adolescents. American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, 35(3), 157-160.
Pullmann, M.D., Vanhooser, S., Hoffman, C., & Heflinger, C.A. (2009). Barriers to and supports of family participation in a rural system of care for children with serious emotional problems. Community Mental Health Journal, (Online first).
Pullmann, M.D. (2009). Participatory research in systems of care for children's mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44(1-2), 43-53.
Pullmann, M.D. & Heflinger, C.A. (2009). Community determinants of substance abuse treatment referrals from juvenile courts: Do rural youths have equal access?. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 18(4), 359-378.
Smith, W.R., Strachan, E.D., & Buchwald, D. (2009). Coping, self-efficacy and psychiatric history in patients with both chronic widespread pain and chronic fatigue. General Hospital Psychiatry, 31(4), 347-352.
Yasui, N.Y. & Berven, N.L. (2009). Community integration: Conceptualisation and measurement. Disability & Rehabilitation, 31, 761-771.
Archived Reports & Publications
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